Little Shop of Physics draws 8,000 visitors to annual open house

On Feb. 23, Colorado State University’s Little Shop of Physics hosted its 28th annual open house, drawing a crowd of 8,000 visitors to engage in hands-on science and fun. Nearly 200 CSU undergraduate student volunteered to run the event.

Since 1991, The Little Shop of Physics has reached over 500,000 K-12 students, visiting every town in Colorado, from Ignacio on the Southern Ute reservation in the southwest to Holyoke in the northeast, from Steamboat Springs in the northwest to Holly in the southeast.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis recognized the event on Facebook.

“It’s great to see college students mentoring youth in science, technology, engineering, and math,” he wrote. “These kind of fun programs help kids learn more about careers in science.”

The open house is one of the most highly attended events on campus every year. LSOP focuses on creating an inclusive and welcoming experience to engage people of all ages and backgrounds.

“This program was built on the creative spirit and generous nature of the Colorado students who choose CSU for their studies,” said Brian Jones, director of LSOP. “We are proud of what we’ve accomplished, and look forward to many more years engaging our CSU students in mentoring youth around the state, around the nation, and around the world.”